Samsung Launches Galaxy Note 4 in Pakistan, But Is It Worth The Money?
Samsung on Friday launched the Galaxy Note 4 in Pakistan, pricing it at a whopping Rs 85,000.
Featuring high-end specs like a Quad HD Super AMOLED display, a mostly-excellent 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and a robust processor, the Galaxy Note 4 easily equals to other top of the line handsets.
Despite being one of the best Android smartphones currently available in the industry, the fourth-generation Galaxy Note is not cheap enough to attract consumers in Pakistan’s smartphone market.
The Galaxy Note 4 comes after its earlier flagship devices starting from the Galaxy S4 last year, followed by the Galaxy Note 3 and the most-recent Galaxy S5.
When Samsung launched its Galaxy Note phablet four years ago, it took everyone by surprise with its two amazing features: the screen size and the stylus.
Fast forward four years and Samsung had not increased screen size in the Note 3 (over the previous year). The note 4 also comes with nearly all the same functions as the one in its predecessor.
In fact, the only new things the Galaxy Note 4 offers compared to its predecessor include a processor update, 16-megapixel optical image stabilization and a 2K display.
But are they meaningful enough for the consumers to warrant an upgrade? Should you cough up Rs 85,000 to make this phablet be your next buy?
So let’s talk about the Note 4-exclusive features here. The Note 3 could recognize the contact info marked down on the screen; this year’s Note phablet is able to recognize the data given on a visiting card and saves it directly in your address book.
Then there’s the feature that lets you copy a variety of data, such as web pages and photos. You simply select certain portion of the screen using the S Pen stylus and store it into a separate folder.
This feature is of great value for those who regularly store tons of data for themselves or send it to others. This makes the S Pen equivalent to the mouse we have become used to on our desktop PC.
You have been able to open two apps simultaneously on Samsung’s big-screen phones for quite some time now. But Note 4 doesn’t limit you to just two apps; the device lets you open multiple apps at the same time on the screen by resizing them.
You can also swipe from the top left or right corners of the screen to switch an app from fullscreen view to a small-scale version.
Apart from these, Note 4 comes packed with all the software we have seen in previous Samsung devices, like S Health, fingerprint scanning, S Pen functions like S Note, Air Command, Action Memo, etc.
We were also concerned about the battery life of the phablet, and wondered if the 3,220mAh battery would be able to last a day on one charge considering the resource consuming 2K display.
To our wonder, Samsung has tweaked the software to ensure that the next-generation Note phablet runs at least a day and a half with moderate-to-heavy usage and nearly two days with moderate usage on one charge.
You might be worried about how long the device would take to charge. Samsung claims that Note 4 has fast-charging capability, and it can go from zero to 50% in half an hour!
In summary, the Galaxy Note 4 is a very powerful phablet that won’t disappoint you on any count. Sure, there is a room for Samsung to smoothen the performance of the device, but I’m sure most users would find features more than sufficient for what they require.
I won’t deny the fact that the price tag of Rs 85,000 is pretty high, but if you do want the best Android smartphone in the market right now, then the Galaxy Note 4 is the best money can buy.
Gohar is the lead editor at TechFrag. He has a wide range of interests when it comes to tech but he's currently spending a big chunk of his time writing about privacy, cyber security, and anything policy related.